ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC

United Kingdom, England

Founded by John Fane and Nicolas-Charles Bochsa in the year 1822, the Royal Academy of Music is located in London and is the oldest conservatoire in the country. It has students from over 50 countries and employs musicians from different parts of the world to provide undergraduate and postgraduate training in composition, instrumental performance, musical theatre, jazz and opera. It also trains students younger than 18 years through its Junior Academy along with Open Academy through which it engages people of all ages and it awards the LRAM diploma, B.Mus. and Ph.D. through the senior Academy. The majority of the students at the academy are classical performers in piano, strings, vocal studies including woodwind, brass, opera, conducting and choral conducting, percussion, composition, organ, harp, guitar and accordion along with departments for jazz and musical theatre performance. It has collaboration with the SOCRATES student exchange programme and has relationships with the Department of Music of King’s College London. 

Campus Life

Being a student at the Royal Academy of Music automatically qualifies one to be a member of the Students’ Union that helps students to join clubs, find friends and attend social events like the Freshers’ Week, Christmas Party and Summer Ball. The union also organizes jazz jams in the bar and canteen areas of the academy along with film nights, pub quizzes and therapy dog days. Active LGBTQ+ and BAME societies, yoga sessions, football teams, cake sales, cocktail nights and fundraisers are other activities that the students of the academy can get involved with. Students can get accommodations at halls of residence, private rented flats, lodgings, homestays and house shares. The Royal Academy of Music Museum houses some of the world’s most significant musical instrument and artefacts collections such as the stringed instruments by Guarneri, Stradivari and Amati family and manuscripts by Handel, Purcell and Vaughan Williams. Its library consists of more than 160,000 items including manuscripts of Purcell’s The Fairy-Queen, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Sullivan’s The Mikado. The Musical Theatre Department works as a theatre company with graduates cast in productions including Les Miserables in London and Hamilton and The Prince of Egypt in the West End. 

Noted Alumni

The most famous alumni of the Royal Academy of Music include Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Simon Rattle, Annie Lennox and Sir Elton John.